Moreno - Spanish to English translation
English Translation of MORENO
2: dark, dark-skinned
Examples of MORENO
<todos los hermanos somos morenos como mi padre, ninguno saliÃ³ a mi madre, que es rubia>
<la protecciÃ³n solar no impide que te pongas igualmente moreno>
<Â¿A dÃ³nde fuiste que tienes ese color moreno?>
<estÃ¡s muy moreno, Â¿fuiste a la playa?>http://www.merriam-webster.com/spanish/moreno
In Latin, the word maurus (plural mauri) means coming from Mauretania, a Roman province on the northwestern fringe of Africa. In the Medieval Romance languages (such as Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian,Romanian), the root appeared in such forms as mouro, moro, moir, mor and maur. Derivatives are found in today's versions of the languages. Some derive the word from the ancient Greek mauros, meaning "dark".
Through nominalization, the root has taken on a variety of meanings. Moreno, from the Latin root, can mean "tanned" in Spain and Portugal, as well as in Brazil. In Cuba and other Spanish-speaking countries, it can mean "black person" or "mulatto". Also in Spanish, morapio is a humorous name for "wine", especially that which has not been "baptized" or mixed with water, i.e., pure unadulterated wine. Among Spanish speakers, moro ("Moor") came to have a broader meaning, applied to both Moros of Mindanao in the Philippines, and the moriscos of Granada. Moro is used to describe all things dark, as in "Moor", moreno, etc. It was used as a nickname; for instance, the Milanese Duke Ludovico Sforza was called Il Moro because of his dark complexion. In Polish murzyn means a black person and can be perceived either as a neutral or pejorative term.
In Portugal and Spain, mouro (feminine, moura) may also refer to supernatural beings known as enchanted moura, where "moor" implies 'alien' and 'non-Christian'; These beings were siren-like fairies with golden or reddish hair and a fair face. They were believed to have magical properties. From this root, the name moor is also applied to unbaptised children, meaning not Christian. In Basque, mairu means moor and also refers to a mythical people.[dead link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moors